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Frequently Asked Questions of CEF

Claremont Educational Foundation is a local non-profit educational foundation devoted to raising money for all Claremont Unified School District (CUSD) schools. CEF collaborates with the school district and the community to assist in providing all students the best education possible. CEF is the district and school’s primary partner in providing support and enrichment opportunities that help every student receive an impactful and achievement-filled education from CUSD. We grant funds to each school throughout the district with a focus on art, music and technology enhancements.

CEF is a non-profit educational foundation with a volunteer board of directors including dedicated parent volunteers, CUSD staff, and local business leaders who share their expertise in a variety of areas. These include education, finance, fundraising, business, law, events planning, community relations and communications. CEF employs two part-time staff members – Development Manager, Brianna Miller, as well as a part-time administrative assistant. Please feel free to submit inquiries by email to

Each academic year, CEF provides block grants to fund critical art and/or music instruction at elementary schools, along with technology at the secondary schools. In addition to our primary grants to the district, CEF also funds teacher innovation grants and community partner grants for nonprofits that are delivering exceptional programs and services that benefit CUSD students. In the 2019-2020 school year, CEF’s block grants to the district will increase by more than $25,000 from the previous year.

Community contributions to CEF are instrumental to preserving an exceptional Claremont Unified School District education. CEF provides flexible funding that school principals can spend at their schools for art and music programs and technology not otherwise provided by the district.

CEF and PFA are both crucial parts of the funding mix that the district must assemble every year to keep CUSD schools strong. CEF is committed to an equitable distribution of funds across CUSD per school level, so that all students benefit. CEF supports program focused on art and music at the elementary level that would otherwise not be available without the additional funding. In addition, CEF gifts hardware and software to individual school sites offering additional support for the district’s Common Core commitment.

The PFA supports materials, programs and events at individual school sites. PFA funds such things as classroom enrichment and supplies, school site improvements, playground equipment, student scholarships for field trips, and site-specific programs such as assemblies and parent-run community-building activities.

Since CEF provides an equitable disbursement of funds across district schools per level (elementary, middle and high school), all students benefit. CEF supplements each school’s district funding for key enrichment programs and technology needed to accommodate new Common Core curricular requirements.
Each semester, CEF solicits applications from teachers for the Innovation Grant program, which supports creative projects that engage students in high-impact learning opportunities. The focus of the grants is innovation, offering teachers and principals the opportunity and incentive to experiment with promising new ideas. The grant proposals ideally align with CEF’s areas of focus – art, music and technology.

CEF is the primary sponsor of the SLICE of Summer program. All coordination and administration of the SLICE program is under direct supervision of the CEF board. The SLICE summer program continues to address a need in Claremont by providing courses specifically designed to support enrichment, remediation and advancement. Due to CEF’s commitment to the district’s education priorities, no student is turned away from a SLICE class based upon ability to pay. Scholarships are made possible through critical community and business partner CEF donations.

The local business community is instrumental to CEF’s successful annual gifting. Annually, over 40 businesses and professionals contributed over $100,000 in gifts and in-kind donations. If you are interested in learning more about the Business Partner program, please contact us at

Claremont Educational Foundation offers limited in-kind donations to Claremont public schools each school year for use in fundraising events. Each fall, starting September 15th, 12 general admission tickets for our events (Chocolate Walk, Brews & Bros Craft Beer Festival, etc.) will be reserved to be used only as items in a silent auction, or raffle or opportunity drawing with purchased tickets that takes place during that school year. In-kind donations may not be used as giveaways, gifts, door prizes, or drawings or raffles without a buy-in. Ticket requests are first-come first-served and are limited to a maximum of two tickets per school site each school year. The final day to request in-kind donations will be when all tickets have been donated or no sooner than 30 days prior to the final event to which tickets will be available. We are not able to provide in-kind donation requests from schools and school booster groups outside of CUSD, gift certificates for our SLICE of Summer programs, or cash sponsorships. In-kind donation requests from other Claremont community organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Email with formal requests. Please include which school and fundraising group; name, date, and location of event; and how the donation will be used.